Archive for September, 2007
In Federalist No. 78, Alexander Hamilton reassured us that the judiciary will always be the “least dangerous branch” of our government. But for those who profit from harming animals, Hamilton’s words are providing very cold comfort of late. From the double indictments against disgraced football star Michael Vick for his role in a major dogfighting . . .
Readers mourned the slaughter of a gray whale earlier this month off Washington’s coast. Among the comments we received: There is no excuse for killing whales in this day and age. It was barbaric back then, and it is even more so today. Whales are not used to feed the masses. Their blubber is no . . .
In some ways, we’ve already won the larger argument in society. Almost no one defends cruelty any longer. Animal welfare is widely recognized as a social virtue, and even the people and corporations that harm animals for recreation or profit try to disguise their conduct as promoting animal welfare. I hear it all the time. . . .
Yesterday, after five months, Virginia Commonwealth Prosecutor Gerald Poindexter brought state charges against Michael Vick for illegal dogfighting activities, and a grand jury returned two indictments for violating the state’s dogfighting law—with a maximum penalty of 10 years in prison. Essentially, Poindexter piggy-backed on the federal defendants’ guilty pleas, and the preceding casework done by . . .
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News flash… I am thrilled to report to you that the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 7th Circuit, based in Chicago, has ruled in our favor on a major horse slaughter case. In a unanimous 3-0 decision, the Court upheld the constitutionality of a law passed earlier this year in Illinois to ban horse . . .
Last month, I told you the story of 11-year-old Caesar in California who rescued a burned kitten. Since then, I’ve been inspired by a number of other extraordinary young people who act on their passion, whether it’s raising public awareness or funds or taking legislative action. There’s 10-year-old Chance of Mississippi, one of the youngest . . .
Readers celebrated two recent blog entries. First, the story of Caesar—a courageous 11-year-old who rescued a badly burned kitten and, for his efforts, received The HSUS’s $2,500 reward—inspired readers. Among the comments we received: This young boy, and all who have taught him, are heroes in my eyes! Compassion is something that will eventually and . . .
This morning, I spoke at a day-long conference at the U.S. Department of Agriculture named "Food Animal Agriculture in 2020," the latest symposium organized by the Future Trends in Animal Agriculture coalition. © iStockphoto Scheduled speakers were drawn principally from the ranks of industry, animal science departments at agricultural schools, and from the USDA itself—with . . .